So are we going to get that recruiting bump in MBB?

So are we going to get that recruiting bump in MBB?

Submitted by WindyCityBlue on April 6th, 2018 at 1:12 PM

This has been talked about here and there in other threads, but thought I would make one dedicated post to this topic. 

We all remember what happened last time we made it to the NCAA tournament finals.  From the increased exposure and success, we thought we'd start getting higher profile recruits.  Bubcus!  Excuses were abound, including:

1. JB's archaic approach to recruiting

2. Recruiting is a dirty game of which we do not play

3. It takes time to garner the right relationships with the right recruits, so don't expect a recruiting bump right away.

So, are things different now?  We've had a very successful 6 years and have sent many kids to the NBA.  Are kids going to notice now?  Will the FBI investigation help the clean recruiters like JB?

What say you MGoBoard?

 

Multi-banner raising season for Michigan Basketball

Multi-banner raising season for Michigan Basketball

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on April 5th, 2018 at 5:37 PM

Was having a discussion today about our season and tried to think when the last time multiple banners would be raised at Crisler for one season.

It hasn't happened often. Some elite company. 

Take a look-

1964 Big Ten Champions
1964 NCAA Mideast Regional Champions

1965 Big Ten Champions
1965 NCAA Mideast Regional Champions

1989 NCAA Southeast Regional Champions
1989 NCAA National Champions

2018 B1G Tournament Champions
2018 NCAA West Regional Champions

Those are the only four teams in program history who have won multiple championships in a season.

 

Zach Lowe on Trey Burke's redemption season

Zach Lowe on Trey Burke's redemption season

Submitted by jimmyshi03 on April 5th, 2018 at 12:50 PM

Zach Lowe's annual "Luke Walton All-Stars" column highlights role players thriving in unexpected ways. One of the starsof the column is Trey Burke.

"The results have been beyond anything any reasonable person could have dreamed. Burke in New York has the statistical profile of a star. He's shooting well from everywhere: 39 percent from deep, Nowitzkian levels from midrange on colossal volume, and even 73 percent at the rim -- once a no-fly zone for an undersized guy with average athleticism."

 

Also, if you're a Pistons fan, stay tuned for depressing news about why they let Spencer Dinwiddie go. 

Brunson turned into a Potato

Brunson turned into a Potato

Submitted by Rdog on April 4th, 2018 at 9:43 AM

Simpson again crushed a top point guard- this time the NPOY- Brunson.  Here was Brunson's stat line 

26 minutes,   4-13 shooting, 1-5 3PT, 2 AT, 2 TO,  9PTS, 80 ORTG

If DiVincenzo hadn't been on fire or if we would have had an answer for him the game would have been much more winnable.

 

Villanova
STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
E. PaschallF 27 2-5 1-3 1-2 1 7 8 0 0 1 2 4 6
O. SpellmanF 29 3-8 0-2 2-2 4 7 11 0 0 0 1 3 8
M. BridgesG 36 7-12 3-7 2-2 2 2 4 1 1 0 2 2 19
J. BrunsonG 28 4-13 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 4 9
P. BoothG 23 1-4 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 2
BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
D. Cosby-RoundtreeF 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
T. DelaneyF 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. SamuelsF 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. GillespieG 16 0-0 0-0 4-4 0 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 4
D. DiVincenzoG 37 10-15 5-7 6-10 3 2 5 3 0 2 4 1 31
TEAM   27-57 10-27 15-20 12 26 38 7 5 3 12 18 79
    47.4% 37.0% 75.0%                

 

Men's hoops finishes #2 in final coaches poll

Men's hoops finishes #2 in final coaches poll

Submitted by Real Tackles Wear 77 on April 3rd, 2018 at 4:12 PM

No, the national runner up does not automatically get the #2 spot in the poll each year, so it's great to see us finish the season ranked so high. Another indicator of the respect Beilein commands from his peers. I don't think the AP poll comes out after the season, so we will end up #7 on that. Both will significantly help us in the Director's Cup as it weights several revenue sports more heavily.

AFAIK, we have only been ranked #1 for one week in Beilein's tenure (in 12-13). Congrats to the maize and blue on a great season!

Also of note:

UVA #5, Loyola #7, Purdue #9, MSU #11, OSU #21

http://sportspolls.usatoday.com/ncaa/basketball-men/polls/coaches-poll/…

Emphasis on defense = tired legs?

Emphasis on defense = tired legs?

Submitted by Lordfoul on April 3rd, 2018 at 12:07 PM

I am so very proud of this team, but watching our Wolverines struggle to hit open shots was frustrating.  I have been shocked at how much our shooting regressed during the tournament. The first weekend seemed like it could have been nerves, but after seeing how beat our guys looked at times it made me wonder if much of the poor shooting could have been due to dead legs.

Sanderson has been highly praised for the conditioning the team achieves - and it seems like the ability to outlast their foes has been an advantage for Michigan in recent years (case in point - back to back B10 tournament championships) - but during the last two games our guys looked exhausted by 10 minutes in after fast starts.  

My theory is that putting so much more effort into sufficating defense is wearing Michigan out and affecting the offense - shooting in particular.  If this is the case then I wonder if a deeper rotation with more limited minutes across the board might not be an effective counter.  I seem to remember Shaka Smart relying on heavy bench minutes to keep his Havoc defense fresh.

Anyways, I am proud of and amazed by this team and what it accomplished.  Beilein uber alles and Go Blue!

Postgame Presser Question regarding Wagner

Postgame Presser Question regarding Wagner

Submitted by blueinuk on April 3rd, 2018 at 8:55 AM

Just curious to see if anyone else watched the postgame presser?  Around the 6:00 mark, Wagner seems to say under his breath 'how dare he ask me that question.'  

 

I can't figure out if it was the question about change in gameplan, the technical foul or something else.  Thoughts?

 

Obviously it's never easy to be positive after a loss, but Wagner seemed quite bitter about something specific.  

 

 

Edit: Oh man, now you are testing my OP skills.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diPqyKWsyOE

Evaluating the streaks/superstitions for this year's BB team

Evaluating the streaks/superstitions for this year's BB team

Submitted by crg on April 3rd, 2018 at 7:18 AM
So... The game last night wasn't too fun to watch after the first few minutes and all we can do now is go into post-mortem mode until the frozen four starts. As such, I was curious how the various streaks/curses/superstitions have held up. For example: Mo's mom being present for wins was broken. Duncan's 6-point effect: still good. Charles Barkley's pick jinx was broken in our game against Loyola, but it failed this time too. The CJ Baird effect: still perfect. Are there any others that I am forgetting (or am simply unaware of their existence)?

Next year's team/lineup

Next year's team/lineup

Submitted by Matte Kudasai on April 3rd, 2018 at 12:35 AM

 

I hate to be critical of any kid after such a great year but it's obvious to me that after tonight that next year's lineup should be the following:

1 - DeJulius/Z

2- Poole/DeJulius

3 - Matthews/Iggy B

4 - Livers/Johns

5- Johns/Castleton

It may not look like this in Nov/Dec but by January it should.

As much as Z improved, he's limited.  He can't shoot from the perimeter and he can't shoot free throws.  His defense was great at times, but he also looked real bad against some elite athletes.  This offense is eons better with a true scorer at the 1.

Teske had a couple of good games for us this year, but again, he's limited.  His lack of athleticism is too much to overcome for what he offers.  He should never be more than a backup at Michigan.

Johns might not be a natural 5, but hopefully he can play both the 4&5 in Beilein's system.

While I think Mo is gone, I don't think it would be crazy for him to return.  He needs to be alot more consistent before he does anything productive in the NBA.  Of course if he's being told he's in the lottery that changes everything.